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Shareware CD-ROMs

One of the most historically important artifacts to come from the home computer telecommunications revolution was shareware CDs, compact discs put out by companies containing hundreds of megabytes of shareware. Initially containing less than the full capacity of the discs (600mb, later 700mb) these items eventually began brimming with any sort of computer data that could be packaged and sold. As material "ran out", that is, as sellers of these CDs found they were unable to easily find shareware programs and files, the hunt began to track down every last file and item that could make the quarterly or monthly quota. As a result, many otherwise-lost pieces of computer history were gathered up in the trawling nets of these individuals and companies and were preserved for future generations.
Some computer bulletin board services would attach banks of CD-ROM drives to their machines to allow users to access the discs, allowing the system operators (SysOps) to claim the BBS had thousands of files available. For this market, CD makers would declare their CDs "BBS Ready", meaning an easily-readable directory of file descriptions was located on the CDs to be read by the BBS software.

While many of the CDs contain shareware programs, a number branched into music, graphics, animations and movies. Additionally, the advent of an internet open to the general public heralded massive collected sets of files which CD makers happily mirrored and made available to the BBS market. Eventually, as operating systems like Linux and FreeBSD became more widely available, CDs were perfect distribution mechanisms for the very large libraries and file collections associated with them.

A number of the initial CD images for this collection came courtesy of the CD BBS of Twin Falls, Idaho, operated by Mark Fugitt (sysop) and Mike Laybourn (remote sysop). The system used a Harris 286 CPU operating at 20MHZ, two 65 Megabit Seagate RLL hard drives and a Dennon CD player that used a "cart" to hold the CD. The BBS was started using RBBS software, a single phone line with 2400 baud modem and a shareware CD.

Additional donations of CD-ROMs have come from Erik Pederson, Peter Simpson, Chuck Gilbert, Koos van den Hout, MCbx, Jason Scott, Tim Hazel, and others.

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Sign on Today 50 Free Hours Version 3.0 is Here (America On Line)(RO3241)(1997)
Integrated Device Technlogy Product and Company Information (October 1995)
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CNE Shrt Course (New Riders Publishing)(1995)
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Next Generation DRAMs (CMP Publications)(1995)
The Arsenal Files Collection #7 (Arsenal Computer)(1996)
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Personal Financial Advisor (Arsenal Computer)
Earthlink Network TotalAccess Internet Including Air Warrior (Earthlink Network)(1996)
The Arsenal Files Collection #8 (Arsenal Computer) (1996)
OpenMail Enterprise Administration Release B.04.00 (5999 1054)(HP)(1996)
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CYBER.XPO.95 (Arsenal Computer)
Software of the Month Club (September 1997) (241) (Business Shareware)
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By Popular Request 2.0 (Arsenal Computer)
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Education For All Ages (Arsenal Computer)
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Autoshow In Motion (GM) (General Moters) (2003)
CompuServe The Information Service You Won't Outgrow
Software of the Month Club (June 1998) (250 Business Shareware)
Banzi Bug The Flight Sim with an Attitude Demo Sampler (Grolier) (1998)
The 640 Meg Shareware Studio CD ROM Volume III (Data Express)(1993)
Impatica for Powerpoint Blackberry Edition (Early Access) (Show Special) (Fall 2004)
Shareware Extravaganza 4 (Most Significant Bits)(1994)(Disc 4)
Critical Infrastructure Protection Version 1.0 (Unclassified) (December 2003)
BEA Weblogic Server v5.1 and CommerceServer v2.0 (BEA WLS510 WLCS2) (BEA) (2000)
By Popular Request (Arsenal Computer)(SysOptics Distribution System)
CSi Compuserve (META CD1833)(Compuserve Incorporated)(1996)
The Nottingham Knight Writer Exemplary Project (Spring Summer 2006)
Case Western Reserve University Annual Fund (2005)
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Learning Heaven (Most Significant Bits) (1993)
System Administrator Incident Preparation and Reponse (SAPIR NT) Version 1.1 (July 1999)
Information Assurance for Auditoris and Evaluators (Version 1.04) (Unclassified) (October 1998)
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Title Wave Family PC Card Studio (Uniloc)
InoculateIT Workgroup Advanced Editions Trial Copy (Computer Associates) (1999)
AT&T WorldNet Service Plus and Blockbuster (AT&T) 2001)
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LAN Source (Lansource Technologies) (1996)
A Visual Tour Computer Associates Enterprise Management Solutions (Version 1.0) (Computer Associates)
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Pathways Collision Estimating (Volume 3) (1999)
Software of the Month Club December 1997 (Volume 244) (Business Shareware)
The Association of Shareware Professionals Monthly (ASP)(May 1996)
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Interactive Entertainment Ede 8 (CD Magazine)
Aliens Versus Predator 2 Demo (20th Century Fox) (2001)
Operational Infomation Systems Security Volume 1 (Unclassified) Version 1.1 (August 1998)
Information Assurance for Auditors and Evaluators Version 1.04 (October 1998)
The 640 Meg Shareware Studio CD ROM Volume II (Data Express)(1993)
The 640 Meg Shareware Studio CD ROM Volume I (Data Express)(1992)
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Exceeding Your Expectations (Taasc Force) (1998)
CICA Shareware for Windows CD ROM (Walnut Creek CD ROM)(April 1994)
The Rift Preview Build 39 Throughwave Technology (Confidential) (1999)
Stamps.Com Startup Disk Mailing and Shipping Made Easy (Stamps.com) (2005)
New Telecom Media The Net (Delotte and Touche) (1996)
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Nimax Product and Price Guide 2000 (CD Edition)
JCSM Shareware Collection (September 30th 1995 Author to Vendor Edition) (JCS Distribution)
The 640 Meg Shareware Studio CD ROM Volume IV (Data Express)(1994)
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HP 9000 Series 700 B2826 13613 (October 1992)
Shareware Extravaganza 4 (Most Significant Bits)(1994)(Disc 2)
Unicenter TNG A Visual Tour (Computer Associates) (1998)
Monster Media Number 16 (Monster Media)(October 1996)
HP Application Server An HP Netaction Product (Version 8.0) (5012 0031) (HP) (2001)
Wayzata's Best of Shareware 2.0 Macintosh (Wayzata Technology)
Business Owner's Tax Savings and Financing Deskbook 2000 (Harcourt, Inc.) (1999)
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ESPN Coaching Tips (Intellimedia) (1994)
Pacific Bell Internet Services Insert, Click and Go! (COMM404c) (1995)
Monster Media Number 15 (Monster Media)(July 1996)
Q4 2002 Artwork (Sony Computer Entertainment of America) (2002)
DiscoverEcon 3.0 Software Tutorial (Gerald C. Nelson) (McGraw Hill) (1999)
Infobusiness Presents the Mega Movie Guide (TV Data Syndicate) (1992)
Shareware Extravaganza 4 (Most Significant Bits)(1994)(Disc 3)
EZ Est EZNet Communication Network (February 1999)
Hoffman Electronic Product Selector v1.1 (Hoffman) (1998)
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Air Tue Tools High Speed Spindles and Hand Tools (CE)
HP Idea Kits Show Your Family and Friends You Care (Disc 1) (HP) (1998)
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HP Application Server HP Netaction Version 8.0 5012 0064 (HP) (2002)
Linux Configuration and Installation (MIS Press) (Patrick Volkerding)(1995)
Component Source Promotional CD #14 (November 1997)
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